Bachelor of Science in Biology Degree Program in Alabama

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Housed in the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences within our College of Arts and Sciences, Faulkner University’s Bachelor of Science in Biology program prepares students in Alabama for careers, research opportunities, and advanced training in a wide variety of biological sciences. From zoology to botany, microbiology, and related subareas, our B.S. in Biology curriculum also fosters an appropriate background for graduates entering pre-professional studies pertaining to human health, including medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology, physical therapy, nutrition, and pharmacy. It also equips students with the necessary knowledge to work in animal science, medicine, agronomy, food science, forensic science, anthropology, and much more.

About the Curriculum

Led by our esteemed faculty members, our B.S. in Biology features comprehensive courses that offer a broader, deeper understanding of the structures, functions, and complex interrelationships of living things. The 123-hour curriculum is designed as follows:

Core Curriculum (50 Hours)

  • Christian Literacy: 18 hours
    • Biblical Worldview I: 3 hours
    • Biblical Worldview II: 3 hours
    • Understanding Biblical Literature: 3 hours
    • Christian Ethics: 3 hours
    • Marriage and Family: 3 hours
    • Christian Cultural Heritage: 3 hours
  • Cultural Heritage Literacy: 9 hours
    • Western Tradition I: 3 hours
    • Western Tradition II: 3 hours
    • American Cultural Heritage: 3 hours
  • Mathematical and Scientific Literacy: 7 hours
    • Precalculus Algebra (or higher): 3 hours
    • BIO 1301 (or higher) with lab: 4 hours
  • Information and Communication Literacy: 9 hours
    • One of the following courses:
      • EH 2301: 3 hours
      • EH 2303: 3 hours
      • EH 2304: 3 hours
    • English Composition I: 3 hours
    • English Composition II: 3 hours
  • Personal and Social Literacy: 7 hours
    • Lifetime Fitness: 3 hours
    • Faulkner Foundations or Faulkner Foundations (Transfer): 1 hour
    • Approved Social Science Course: 3 hours

Professional Literacy (65 hours)

  • Discipline-Required Courses: 35 hours as follows:
    • Principles of Biology II/Lab: 4 hours
    • Bioethics Seminar: 1 hour
    • Genetics/Lab: 4 hours
    • Biology Internship: 3 hours
    • Scientific Research: 3 hours
    • Biology Electives: 20 hours
  • Departmental Requirements: 30 hours as follows:
    • Statistics: 3 hours
    • University Physics I/Lab or General Physics I/Lab: 4 hours
    • General Chemistry I/Lab: 4 hours
    • General Chemistry II/Lab: 4 hours
    • Organic Chemistry I/Lab: 4 hours
    • Organic Chemistry II/Lab: 4 hours
    • Biochemistry I or Approved Elective: 3 hours
  • General Electives: 8 hours

B.S. in Biology students will also earn college internship credit in the specialized bio-related area that appeals to them most, equipping them with real-world experience to help them thrive after graduation.

Break into the Field of Biology with Faulkner University

With the pre-professional curriculum offered by our B.S. in Biology program, students can customize their degree plans and take advantage of an uplifting educational experience rooted in Christian principles. Along the way, they also get to enjoy the enriching student life opportunities offered on our campuses in Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile, Alabama. For more information, contact Faulkner University, or apply online today.